While the seasonal change from winter to spring is always a welcome one, it can wreak havoc on your home’s gutters. Spring showers and trees full of leaves can turn a properly functioning gutter system into a plugged up, sagging, inefficient mess.
That’s why spring is always a good time to clean out your home’s gutters, and perform maintenance checks to make sure they are in good condition. If during your spring gutter cleaning you notice that your gutters are damaged, cracked, or pulling away from your house, it might be time to replace the system completely. In that case, you’ll have to consider you options for a brand new gutter system, and what the overall costs will be.
A worthwhile investment
New gutters are definitely an investment, but are a worthwhile one. The function they serve — protecting your house by directing water away from the cielings, walls, windows and foundation — is a vital one. Broken or clogged gutters can cost a fortune if your home sustains damage. For ideal maintenance, you should clean out your gutters a few times a year and check that they are well secured to your house.
Countless homeowners have learned that taking the cheapest route can lead to more work (and more expenses) down the road. What it comes time to invest in a new gutter system, you want to make sure you are investing in hardware and installation that will last and last, without requiring tons of upkeep. It’s a great idea to do plenty of research before you choose the type of gutters you want to install, and who you want to hire for the installation.
So what’s the cost?
The cost of a new gutter system and installation depends heavily on the size of your house and the type of material you choose. That said, the average cost for installing a new system is around $1,000. The cheapest gutters are made of vinyl and will run anywhere from $4 to $8 per piece. Aluminum and stainless steel gutters are of higher quality, and consequently have a higher price point (ranging anywhere from $12 – $30 per piece). The most expensive gutters available are copper which can run up to $100 per piece, but have the highest quality. Seamless gutters are another good option which can effectively eliminate problems with joints between gutter pieces.
An experienced gutter installation specialist will be able to walk you through the decision making process, and help you decide which type of gutter is the most economical and effective option for your home and budget. In choosing a specialist, read online reviews, ask for recommendations from friends or family, and get references from former clients. Be wary of any quotes that are far below those of other specialists. It’s likely that corners are being cut somewhere. While it might not be the most exciting home renovation project, having properly functioning gutters — and taking the time to maintain them properly — will ensure that your house stays safe and dry for the long term.